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Flowers on Ancient Coins
Rhodes, Caria, c. 1 B.C. - 60 A.D.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodes,| |Caria,| |c.| |1| |B.C.| |-| |60| |A.D.||drachm|NEW
After surrendering its independence to Rome, Rhodes became a cultural and educational center for Roman noble families and was especially noted for its teachers of rhetoric, such as Hermagoras and the unknown author of Rhetorica ad Herennium. At first, the state was an important ally of Rome and enjoyed numerous privileges, but these were later lost in various machinations of Roman politics. Cassius eventually invaded the island and sacked the city. In the early Imperial period Rhodes became a favorite place for political exiles. Early in the 1st century A.D., the Tiberius spent a brief term of exile on Rhodes. Saint Paul brought Christianity to people on the island. Rhodes reached her zenith in the 3rd century.
GB97281. Bronze drachm, RPC I 2767 (same obv. die); SNG Munchen 685 (same obv. die); SNG Cop 890; SNG Righetti 1001; BMC Caria p. 265, 381; Lindgren 702; SNGvA -; HGC 6 -, F, obverse corrosion, weight 23.345 g, maximum diameter 36.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 1 - 60 A.D.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy; reverse Nike standing left on prow, extending right hand, palm frond in left hand, PO∆I/ΩN in two lines on left over rose in lower left field, EΠI / XAPEI/NOY (struck under [magistrate] Chapeinos) in right field; big 36mm bronze; $150.00 (€138.00)
 


Judaean Kingdom, John Hyrcanus I (Yehohanan), 134 - 104 B.C., for the Seleukid King Antiochus VII

|John| |Hyrcanus| |I|, |Judaean| |Kingdom,| |John| |Hyrcanus| |I| |(Yehohanan),| |134| |-| |104| |B.C.,| |for| |the| |Seleukid| |King| |Antiochus| |VII||AE| |16|
Hendin lists four varieties of this type AΠP (year 181) below (Hendin 1131), AΠP (year 181) beside the anchor on left (Hendin 1131a), BΠP (year 182) below (Hendin 1131b), and BΠP (year 182) beside the anchor on left (Hendin 1131c). Houghton and Lorber list a variety without a date (Houghton-Lorber 2123), but the date is probably just off flan, as on this example.
JD97438. Bronze AE 16, Houghton-Lorber II 2123, Hendin 1131, SGCV II 7101, HGC 9 1103, Meshorer TJC p. 30, VF, green patina, porosity/corrosion, earthen encrustations, obverse edge beveled, weight 2.871 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem mint, 132 - 130 B.C.; obverse lily on stem with two leaves, dot border; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EYEPΓETOY (Greek: of King Antiochus, Benefactor), anchor, upside down, AΠP or BΠP (Greek: year 181 or 182 of the Seleucid Era) below; $140.00 (€128.80)
 


Quietus, Fall or Winter 260 - Late 261 A.D.

|Quietus|, |Quietus,| |Fall| |or| |Winter| |260| |-| |Late| |261| |A.D.||antoninianus|
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. On this coin Quietus is identified as the hope of the Roman people.
SH26605. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 1743p, RSC IV 14, RIC V-2 11, SRCV III 10831, Hunter IV 5 var. (star left), aEF, most silvering intact, full circle centering, large flan, flat strike areas, weight 3.227 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Syrian mint, obverse IMP C FVL QVIETVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes walking left, flower in right, with left raising fold of dress; rare; SOLD







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